Stuart Devenie M.N.Z.M.

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    • In 2010, Stuart received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award.

    • In 2008 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit "for services to entertainment".

    • In 2000, he established a new theatre company, Playfair Ltd, in Whangarei, New Zealand.

    • From 1983-1984 Stuart was the Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North.

    • Stuart's theatre credits include, among others:
      (2010) August: Osage County "Beverly Weston", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
      (2010) Romeo and Juliet "Lord Capulet", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Willem Wassenaar
      (2009) The Pohutukawa Tree Leading role, Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
      (2009) Four Flat Whites In Italy "Adrian", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Janice Finn
      (2008) The Tempest for Peripeteia Players
      (2007 & 2008) Hatch/Plight of the Penguins for Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
      (2006) The Underarm Dir Stuart Devenie
      (2006) Glide Time "The Boss" Silo Theatre, Dir Oliver Driver
      (2005) Sex with Strangers- Second Edition "Stranger", Dir Colin Mitchell
      (2004) Caligula Auckland Theatre Company, Dir Colin McColl
      Uncle Vanya "Vanya" ATC White Face & Y Fronts ATC 2econd Unit
      The Learner's Stand Court Theatre
      The God Boy ATC
      Take a Chance on Me Playfair Ltd
      Passing Through
      Molly Sweeney ATC
      Middle Age Spread Playfair Ltd
      Ladies Night Playfair Ltd
      Farewell Speech
      The Daylight Atheist "Tom Scott" ATC
      Death of a Salesman "Stanley" ATC
      Twelve Angry Men "Juror 1" ATC
      The New Rocky Horror Show "Frankenfurter" Stetson Productions
      The Cripple of Inishmaan "Dr McSharry" ATC
      All My Sons "Bill" ATC
      Take a Chance on Me

    • Stuart played Frankenfurter in a New Zealand Tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and is a featured artist on the CD which was released of the show's soundtrack. Fellow cast members included some of New Zealand's most respected actors and actresses, such as Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Mark Hadlow, Ray Woolf, and Andrew Binns.

    • Stuart often takes part in radio plays and book readings on New Zealand's public radio.

    • Matt McPhail and Stephen Campbell, co-creators and writers of Stuart's show The Amazing Extraordinary Friends were certain that he was perfect for the role of their ubervillain Renfield the moment they saw him. "Renfield sees being evil as an art form," Stephen says. "Stuart is such a fantastic actor, he totally captured the character exactly as we wanted it."

    • When creating his villainous character Dominic Renfield for his show The Amazing Extraordinary Friends, Stuart envisioned himself as a cross between Mr Burns of The Simpsons and Hannibal Lechter.

    • Stuart's father moved out of his family's home when Stuart was eleven. He never saw him for ten years, but later they were able to reconcile enough to see each other one occasion. Stuart also knew that his father often came to his theatre performances, watched, and then left.

    • A critic once wrote of Stuart, when he was acting the role of Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, that he had spindly legs. The same critic wrote that Mark Hadlow, as Riff Raff, was too fat for the role. The next night, in a scene where Stuart had to wrest a whip from Hadlow, Hadlow refused to give it up. "Give me the whip, Fatty," Devenie improvised, loudly. The audience loved it, and the critic was silenced.

    • Stuart has a very well developed sense of mischief. One of his passtimes is to write politicians and suggest that they perform ever more outrageous acts of idiocy. Occasionally he is gratified when they appear to have taken his suggestions!

    • In 2002, Stuart was nominated for the New Zealand Television Award for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role of Governor Croque on the show Jack of All Trades.

    • Some of his younger co-stars on his show The Amazing Extraordinary Friends have expressed great pleasure at working with Stuart. Tyler-Jane Mitchel, who plays his evil minion Ice, says, "It was a privilege to work with Stuart. Watching him was fantastic."

    • Stuart has made many commercials, including public service announcements pertaining to men's health care issues, safe driving speeds, as well as those for banks and the Australian Opera.

    • Stuart is skilled in accents, and has acted as various characters using English, American, French, Irish, and others in his career.

    • Stuart is perhaps best known for his role of Father McGruder in the movie Braindead, in which he speaks the immortal line, "I kick arse for the Lord!".

    • Between 1985-94, Stuart was a senior tutor at the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and a drama tutor at Northland Polytech.

    • Stuart is a "Consulting Acting Tutor" on New Zealand's top-rated primetime series Shortland Street.

    • Stuart is 6'1" tall (185.5 cm), with light brown hair and brown eyes.

    • Stuart is represented as an actress by the firm Karen Kay Management. He is also listed with the Talking Heads agency as a voice actor.

  • Quotes

    • Stuart: (on his choices in reading materials) I spend so much of my life in a fantasy land I have to read the most appallingly dry books you can imagine.

    • Stuart: (on acting) Every single character you play, you have to enter into their humanity. It doesn't matter if they're Macbeth or Moliere's Miser.